Halloween can be one of the most fun nights of the year for kids across America, but for parents it can be nail-biting as well. On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year. By taking just a few simple precautions, kids, parents and drivers can make the night fun and safe for everyone.
Here’s how to stay safe…
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and if possible, choose light colored clothing.
- Masks can obstruct a child’s vision so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible
- Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights so they can see better and also be seen by drivers. Glow sticks can also be attached to clothing or costumes with safety pins.
- STAY ALERT – Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and don’t dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- It’s best to cross the street safely at corners. And always look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Reduce speeds in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m.
- Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
On Halloween, more children are on the street after dark than normal, and they are so excited that they may run out without thinking. North Country Hospital and Safe Kids Vermont are asking parents to talk to their kids about how to walk safely and asking drivers to take extra care and slow down especially on neighborhood roads.
Halloween is a great time to be a kid, and act like a kid. Have fun and stay safe.